East Suffolk Council continues to support young people as it agrees to further funding for online employment service.
The Council’s Cabinet has unanimously agreed additional funding for the East Suffolk Youth Employment Service (YES), which was initially launched in 2019, enabling it to support young people for another two years. The service is designed to help people from any background who may be struggling to find or apply for jobs, courses and training.
Aimed specifically at 16 to 24 year olds, YES is funded by East Suffolk Council and delivered by Inspire Suffolk.
Young people can visit a dedicated website (www.yessuffolk.co.uk) to view current job opportunities, find training programmes and other support information and advice. Referrals can also be made by community groups. Young people will be allocated an employment coach to support them into appropriate work, education or training. Wellbeing services are also available, provided by Inspire Suffolk.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said:
“Young people’s employment, education and training opportunities have been hugely affected by the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, however, we are committed in supporting them and keeping this essential service available as we hopefully begin to recover from what has been a very difficult time for many.
“Finding and applying for jobs can be a difficult process under normal circumstances, let alone during Covid times. This service will continue to guide and support local young people towards new opportunities, boosting their confidence and enabling them to take their next steps.”
Andy Crump, Deputy CEO at Inspire Suffolk said:
“With thanks to East Suffolk Council, we can continue to provide young people in East Suffolk with easy-to-access support, advice and guidance to help them realise their ambitions. The additional funding will allow us to reach those whose employment prospects have been impacted by the pandemic and ensure it does not have a scarring effect on their futures.
“It is incredibly important to us that the service continues to reach out to all towns and villages in East Suffolk, allowing every young person the opportunity to receive support when they need it most.”